So. Md. Heritage Area Consortium announces new executive director
The Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium (SMHAC) was established in 2004 to preserve the heritage of Southern Maryland through quality tourism, cultural and natural resource conservation, education, and business development. In its first 12 years, SMHAC has become a leader in preservation, education and supporting regional priorities.
To fulfill its mission into the future, and to enhance its role as a model for heritage area development and sustainability, SMHAC announced recently that Lucille Ward Walker has been selected as the new executive director for the organization. She comes to the directorship with an extensive background in senior level management, creating innovative partnerships, proposal writing, grant management, promotion and planning, according to a news release.
A native Marylander, Walker relocated in the 1990s to Athens, Ga., where she became the interim director of
foundation relations for the University of Georgia (after having served as the assistant director of both foundation and corporate relations for the university). While there she had noted fundraising success, and specialized in establishing and coordinating a variety of partnerships.
Walker returned to Maryland in the 2000s, and her work included assisting the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) as a consultant and business plan writer. She developed market driven analyses of farm and business operations within the Southern Maryland region, supporting individual farmers with strategic goals for maximum growth and sustainability.
Most recently, Walker established her own consulting business and continued to work with a number of organizations in the region, with an emphasis on destination marketing, land use and preservation, cultural heritage, and educational and interpretive program development.
The new executive director will have her offices in the Tri-County Council Building, 15045 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville.